Gender equality in national politics : the views of Australian male politicians

Crawford, Mary C. & Pini, Barbara (2010) Gender equality in national politics : the views of Australian male politicians. Australian Journal of Political Science, 45(4), pp. 605-621.

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Studies of gender and politics have typically been studies of women and politics. In contrast, this paper places men at the centre of its inquiry by drawing on interviews with 15 current federal male politicians. Of concern is exploring the ways in which men conceptualise the question of gender equity in the Australian parliament. Three frameworks are identified in the men's narratives. These are that the parliament is a masculinised space but that this is unavoidable; that the parliament is now feminised and women are advantaged; and that the parliament is gender neutral and gender is irrelevant. It is argued that collectively these framing devices operate to mask the many constraints which exist to marginalise women from political participation and undermine attempts to address women's political disadvantage as political participants. The paper concludes by highlighting the significance of the paper beyond the Australian context and calling for further research which names and critiques political men and their discourses on gender and parliamentary practices and processes.

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ID Code: 38822
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Gender Equality, Politics, Australia, Male Politicians
DOI: 10.1080/10361146.2010.517177
ISSN: 1036-1146
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Australian Political Studies Association
Deposited On: 23 Nov 2010 22:48
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:24

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